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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, London

David Hall

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Dispute resolution.


Head of Dispute Resolution at Burges Salmon. Specialises in complex banking and commercial litigation and has a very substantial fraud and white collar crime practice. Has acted for numerous major financial institutions and corporate clients in a wide range of national and international disputes, investigations and strategic issues. Recent cases have involved various sectors including banking, defence, healthcare, property development, food and drink, and international arbitration, and he is currently acting for the NCA. He has also represented various major corporates in a number of recent SFO and other regulatory investigations.


Trained Clifford Chance 1990-92; qualified 1992; Burges Salmon 2000-date, partner 2002.


Attended Nottingham University (1989 LLB); Nottingham Trent University (1997 LLM).


Tennis, cricket, golf and the theatre.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Burges Salmon LLP advises on a range of civil fraud matters and has recently handled cases of employee fraud, mortgage fraud, VAT carousel fraud, cyber-attacks, and theft and misuse of proprietary industry information. The firm recently successfully defended the National Crime Agency (NCA) against compensation claims from an Israeli businessman worth £220m. It also continues to act for Nationwide Building Society in a range of cases including negligence, breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. Head of unit David Hall is ‘tough as nails’, Andrew Burnette is also recommended. Michael Ward was promoted to partner.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

'With the resources to handle large-scale litigation', Burges Salmon LLP's key practice areas include representing banks in disputes involving facilities, derivatives and hedging, securitisation, acquisition finance, investment management, and professional negligence. Other notable areas are insolvency advice and security recovery; the mis-selling of financial products and services; advising financial services providers that are the subject of enquiries, investigations or enforcement proceedings; and investigations and proceedings relating to fraud, money laundering, sanctions, bribery and corruption, including acting for regulators. Bristol-based unit head David Hall is 'very commercial and pragmatic in his approach', Andrew Burnette is 'very energetic and commercially minded', and Kari McCormick is also a key contact.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Burges Salmon LLP is 'a very well regarded national firm attracting high- quality instructions'. The Bristol-based practice covers sector disputes involving transport, energy and natural resources, banking and financial services, agricultural and rural affairs, insurance and pensions, and IP. David Hall heads the dispute resolution unit and Kari McCormick is 'a very bright and highly energetic lawyer'.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Burges Salmon LLP advises on many aspects of corporate crime including money laundering, proceeds of crime, bribery and regulations. It is adept at handling cases involving the SFO, NCA and the police and also handles cases of asset freezing and recovery. Recent highlights include acting for the NCA in relation to a £220m compensation claim. David Hall heads the team, he has ‘excellent judgment and is a thorough, proactive thinker’. Kari McCormick and legal director Thomas Webb are also recommended.

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Leading individuals

David Hall - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Crime: fraud

Burges Salmon LLP  specialises in criminal and white-collar fraud matters, in addition to issues connected to money laundering, bribery, the regulatory environment and the proceeds of crime. Clients include Celtic Energy, which it advised on matters relating to allegations brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) against its former directors, as well as civil rights issues and regulatory and local government issues arising from the investigation. It also acts for the National Crime Agency (NCA), which it recently defended in three compensation claims totalling over £220m, as well as in relation to ongoing costs proceedings related to the discontinued civil recovery action. Thomas Webb is a legal director specialising in fraud and white-collar crime; he handles complex, cross-border investigations. David Hall (who is noted for his ‘excellent and well-considered judgement’) leads the department and has more than 20 years of experience in this practice area. He has represented international corporates and financial institutions in areas such as director and employee fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol

Within: Leading individuals

David Hall - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Bristol

With a growing team and increasingly international focus, Burges Salmon LLP is ‘among the best, if not the best, in the South West when it comes to high-value commercial litigation’. Department head David Hall successfully defended The National Crime Agency in the face of £220m worth of compensation applications made on behalf of an Israeli businessman, who had been convicted in Israel of economic crimes. Specialising in fraud, professional negligence and banking claims, Andrew Burnette advised a state-owned Irish company operating in the energy sector on a multimillion-pound claim for misrepresentation and breach of warranty following the client’s acquisition of a UK waste treatment business. The team is also involved in high-profile domestic instructions. Indeed, Ann Metherall is instructed by a subsidiary of a listed transport company in relation to a highly publicised fatal incident. Kari McCormick, who is ‘adept at handling heavy multi-party litigation’, is advising Financial Services Compensation Scheme on its ongoing PPI recovery project. Additional contacts include Chris Jackson and Laura Claydon, the latter of whom has experience in antitrust litigation. Ian Tucker and Michael Ward were promoted to partner and senior associate Lucy Redman joined from Linklaters LLP.

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

    - Burges Salmon LLP

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